Polarization effects, birefringent filtering, and single-frequency operation in lasers containing a birefringent gain crystal

Bruce David Sinclair, AJ Kemp, AJ Friel, TK Lake, other 1

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Abstract

The effect of having a birefringent gain crystal is studied in the context of two laser systems: an intracavity frequency-doubled microchip laser and a compact single-frequency laser utilizing a birefringent filter. A model based on Jones calculus is proposed to predict the polarization and wavelength structure of the longitudinal modes and is found to be consistent with experimental measurements. The optimization of these systems is discussed, and the importance of the birefringences in the cavity and cavity length is indicated.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)228-235
Number of pages8
JournalIEEE Journal of Quantum Electronics
Volume36
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2000

Keywords

  • birefringent filter
  • diode-pumped solid-state laser
  • green noise
  • Lyot filter
  • microchip laser
  • microlaser
  • single frequency
  • single mode
  • INTRACAVITY-DOUBLED ND
  • TRANSVERSE-MODES
  • MICROCHIP LASERS
  • YAG LASERS
  • ND-YVO4/KTP
  • WAVE
  • KTP

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